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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSAL TO CREATE A HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS


Dean Randy L. Diehl in the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of a History and Philosophy of Science Certificate program to the College of Liberal Arts section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. On September 6, 2013, the college approved the addition. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on February 5, 2014, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with UT System.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by February 21, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 10, 2014.



PROPOSAL TO CREATE A HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

  1. Type of Proposal: New Certificate Program.

  2. Scope of Proposed Change:
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools?
    If yes, then how? Most courses in the certificate are offered in liberal arts, with a few options in natural sciences. It will mainly encourage students in the Bachelor in Sciences and Arts to take courses in history and philosophy that are relevant to their science majors.
    Yes
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, explain. Primarily, the certificate provides a mechanism to demonstrate completed and coherent coursework in history and philosophy of science. It will help students prepare for careers in the sciences, history, philosophy, education, or science policy.
    Yes
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges?
    History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) Certificate students in natural sciences or liberal arts will be required to take at least four courses (twelve credits) in history and philosophy of science, plus two more preapproved courses (six credits), which may be in the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) or in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS).
    Yes
    If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?
    We hope to award about twenty certificates per year: including both CoLA and Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) students.
    Approximately twenty
      Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    College of Natural Sciences
      Person communicated with: Professor Sacha Kopp, associate dean
      Date of communication: May 7, June 25, July 25 meeting, August 2, 19, September 5
      Response: “If we could advertise it formally I know I could sell it to twenty [CNS] students a year at least.” Hopes that it will be approved in time for the fall 2014 course catalog. Asked Judith Quinney of CNS student records to provide us with useful information.

      Person communicated with: Professor Michael Raney, CNS assistant dean
      Date of communication: July 25 meeting, August 2
      Response: Will support this certificate.

    College of Liberal Arts
      Person communicated with: Professor Randy Diehl, dean
      Date of communication: August 1, August 23 meeting
      Response: Appreciates history and philosophy of science and will support this Certificate proposal if it meets the college requirements.

      Person communicated with: Professor David Sosa, chair of the philosophy department
      Date of communication: August 9
      Response: “Thanks, yes, this looks like it could well be of interest.” Also met with Sahotra Sarkar and Cory Juhl. If the certificate does not fit well in history, it can be housed in philosophy.

      Person communicated with: Professor Alan Tully, chair of the history department
      Date of communication: August 1, August 28 meeting, September 5, September 6
      Response: This initiative is timely and appropriate for the history department, especially given the creation of the new BSA degree and considering two of our recent hires have expertise in history of science. This HPS Certificate should be housed in history. Finally: “This all looks good to me, Al. Thanks for spearheading this.”

      Person communicated with: Nancy Sutherland, history academic advising coordinator
      Date of communication: August 28 meeting, August 29, September 3 and 5, and September 6 meeting
      Response: Good idea, but be careful to make it accessible to students and to ensure that its operational structure can be handled given the limited staff resources. The academic advisors will gladly help with advising students, but try to find assistance for the certification process. “Tom, Susan and I read it and while this will be extra duty for you, HIS and PHL faculty, staff, and advisors, we believe it will be approved.” “Tell them that you will have HIS and PHL course schedulers update the unnumbered topics ASAP.”

      Person communicated with: Professor Lorraine Pangle, co-director, Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas (CTI)
      Date of communication: September 3 meeting
      Response: It’s a good idea for a certificate. If it is difficult to house it in history or philosophy, CTI would be glad to host it. Suggested that a faculty member (Martínez) can probably handle the process of confirming that students have completed the certificate, so that academic advisors in history can focus on advising. Martínez agrees.

  3. Official Certificate Name: Undergraduate Certificate: History and Philosophy of Science

  4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014 (We hope to get approval such that the HPS Certificate will appera in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-16.)

  5. CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate): 54.01) History; Subfield: 54.0104) History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

  6. Statement of Objective: To provide students with a guided opportunity to gain a cross-disciplinary command of the methods and findings that the liberal arts have contributed to our understanding of the sciences.

  7. Number of Students Expected to Receive the Certificate Each Semester: Early on, ten per semester. But, perhaps twice as many later.

  8. Number of Hours Required for Completion(Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours): Eighteen semster hours.

  9. List Faculty on the Certificate Program Faculty Committee
    Faculty Member College/Department Title at UT Austin Highest Degree and Awarding Institution
    *Alberto A. Martínez Liberal Arts/  History Associate Professor, (prospective chair for the HPS Committee) PhD, University of Minnesota
    *Sahotra Sarkar Liberal Arts/  Philosophy; Natural Sciences/ Biology Professor PhD, University of Chicago
    * Cory F. Juhl Liberal Arts/  Philosophy Professor PhD, University of Pittsburgh
    * Sacha Kopp Natural Sciences/  Physics Professor, and CNS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education PhD, University of Chicago
    * David Crews Natural Sciences/  Biology; Liberal Arts/  Psychology Professor PhD, Rutgers University

  10. Academic Course Requirements Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.

    Course Abbreviation and Number

    Course Title

    SCH

     

    Two courses in History, both are required:

     

    HIS322D

    Scientific Revolution of the 17th C. #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS322M

    History of Modern Science #

    # upper-division standing

    3

     

     

     

     

    First required course in Philosophy, choose One:

     

    PHL313

    Introductory Symbolic Logic

    3

    PHL363

    Scientific Method #

    # upper-division standing

    3

     

     

     

     

    Second required course in Philosophy, choose One:

     

    PHL316K

    Science and Philosophy

    3

    PHL322

    Science and the Modern World #

    # upper-division standing

    3

     

     

     

     

    Electives, choose Two without repeating previous selections:

     

    HIS329U

    Perspectives on Science and Math #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS329P

    History of the Atomic Bomb #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS350L

    Einstein in an Age of Conflicts # Topic 64

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS350L

    The Galileo Affair # Topic 32

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL316K

    Science and Philosophy

    3

    PHL322

    Science and the Modern World #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL325C

    Environmental Ethics #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL325M

    Medicine, Ethics and Society #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL363L

    Philosophy of Biology # Topic 1

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHY341

    Pseudoscience # Topic 5

    # upper-division standing

    3

    AST350L

    History and Philosophy of Astronomy #

    # upper-division standing

    3

     

     

     

     

    The following courses cannot count

    toward the HPS certificate, because they are unnumbered topics courses; however, we will petition to assign numbers to them, in which case eventually they will be reconsidered for inclusion.

     

    HIS350L

    Electrification #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS362G

    Women in Science #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS365G

    Science, Ethics, and Society #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    HIS366N

    Biology, Behavior and Injustice #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL316K

    Darwin and Design

    3

    PHL354

    Space, Time and Infinity #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL363L

    Philosophy of Science (topics vary) #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL363L

    Philosophy of Geometry #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    PHL375M

    Philosophy of Math and Physics #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    CTI372

    Darwin and the Politics of Evolution #

    # upper-division standing

    3

    BIO319S

    History of Biology # (forthcoming, Fall 2014)

    # upper-division standing

    3


  11. Other Certificate Requirements:
    a. At least four certificate courses (twelve credits) must be upper-division.
    b. At least twelve credits of the required coursework must be completed in residence at The University of Texas at Austin.
    c. Students may not petition to have individual courses approved for the HPS Certificate as exceptions; however, they can petition to have a course included as a certificate course valid for all students.

  12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s): Owing to the creation of the BSA degree, there will be an influx of students majoring in the College Natural Sciences who will now be taking assorted courses in the College of Liberal Arts. The HPS Certificate seeks to provide students with a guided opportunity to gain a coherent, cross-disciplinary command of the methods and findings that the liberal arts have contributed to our understanding of the sciences. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in history of science or philosophy of science, a minority, will be in a strong position to gain admission into such graduate programs. And the majority, students pursuing careers in science, will better grasp its development, concepts, dynamics, and its roles in society.

  13. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Approver: Al Martinez
    Date September 6, 2013
    Title: Associate Professor, Department of History

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.